Alaska man dies in ATV rollover on Denali Highway
- FAIRBAKNS - A 57-year-old Eagle River man died Friday after his ATV tipped over while crossing a creek off the Denali Highway, about 150 miles south of Fairbanks.
The body of Philip Douthitt was found later submerged under a log a short distance from where his Polaris Ranger Crew overturned in Butte Creek, according to Alaska State Troopers. Butte Creek is located near Alpine Creek Lodge at milepost 68 of the 135-mile Denali Highway between Paxson and Cantwell.
Troopers received a report at 10:40 a.m. Friday that Douthitt was missing after his ATV tipped over in the creek. Two other individuals riding in the four-seat ATV were able to get to shore while Douthitt was seen floating downstream.
A trooper helicopter from Fairbanks and a helicopter from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage responded to conduct a search of the area. Douthitt’s body was seen submerged under a log a short distance downstream from the incident at 3:20 p.m. The body was recovered later the same day.
According to troopers, water forced the ATV over on its side as Douthitt was driving it across the creek